Yesterday our first grandchild was born, and our little world was once again changed in a way we could not imagine. Little sweet Brayden opened his eyes after a very long labor, to finally break through into the sights, sounds and feel of this world.
I thought I already loved my son and daughter in law as much as humanly possible. I thought wrong. After sharing in their experience long distance, the intensity and scope of pain that my daughter in law, Melissa endured, and watching my son, Joe, being there for her, my heart is just overflowing in love for them and for this sweet baby who will change their hearts and lives forever. The struggle and pain of the labor that Melissa suffered through was evident. However, sometimes, we are never fully aware of the pain and helplessness that is felt when one is called to watch a loved one suffer. Joe was there to support and help to make his wife as comfortable as possible, however, he was unable to take away or lessen her pain.
Melissa was the chosen one for this particular labor of love. She was the one who said yes when she received the news of pregnancy. She was the one who chose to be more aware than usual of what she ate, drank and participated in during her pregnancy. She was the one who sacrificed each day…to assist God with the miracle growing inside of her.
She said yes to this divine purpose for her life at this time. Joe said yes to being her husband; to being there always to love, honor, respect, and protect her and this new baby, in any way that it took. And yesterday, that meant saying yes to being helpless as he watched his wife suffer so much pain.
Little Brayden has already started the change that will occur in all the lives he touches. When my husband and I look at the pictures of our new grandson, we see a miracle. It is almost overwhelming that our son now has a son. We also know how the Lord will use this little one to mold and teach all of us…but most of all, his parents. They will learn love in a way they never thought possible. They will learn what it truly means to be selfless. They will experience joy like never before, but will also experience doubts, confusion, frustration, and the ups and downs that life brings.
Each one of us has a unique purpose, and must journey down the individual road that God has paved for us. We all have our own vocations and gifts. For Joe and Melissa their journey is starting with their newborn son that God blessed them with. For others it might be a different path. However, the path that the Lord paves for all of us is in love and through love…and is meant to draw us closer to Him.
Will we choose to say yes?
Welcome to our world and to our family, baby Brayden! We thank God for you and look forward to being a part of your life, watching you grow, and learning from your innocence and wide-eyed wonder!